Malawi’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DDP) has appointed Presidential Advisor on Political Affairs, Francis Mphepo as its acting Secretary General (SG) with immediate effect.
The post fell vacant following the untimely death of Ecklen Julius Kudontoni, who died in a road accident in Kasungu on Thursday and he was laid to rest on Friday at his home village, Kambwiri in Salima district.
Accordingto the party’s spokesperson. Francis Kasaila, Mphepo has been appointed by the Central Committee of the party’s National Governing Council (NGC) but did not indicate when the NGC had met to make such a decision.
“In line with powers conferred on it by the party’s Constitution, the party’s Central Committee of the National Governing Council has after consultations, appointed Hon. Francis Mphepo as the party’s Interim Secretary General as the party looks for a permanent replacement for the late Ecklen Kudontoni who was holding the position until his passing away some days ago.
“Honourable Francis Mphepo shall be officially unveiled on Sunday, 27 of November, 2016 at a rally to be held at Masitha ground in Lilongwe,” said Kasaila.
Mphepo is a veteran politician, He was formerly a member of United Democratic Front (UDF) and also lived in exile together with the Mutharika’s in Lusaka after escaping the Kamuzu Banda dictatorship.
In his special speech during the burial ceremony, President Arthur Peter Mutharika said he was deeply shocked and saddened by the sudden death of their Secretary General.
Mutharika further said late Kudontoni was a humble person who served Malawians diligently.
“Your death has shocked us. Why you? Why now? And what a way to go! Your life will always be remembered. Your death will never be forgotten. And we will keep memories of you forever. To all of us who knew you personally, you loved your Party, you loved your Family, you loved you Country.
“You dedicated your life to the party. You were a gentle force in the unity of the party. You were a wise counselor. And you were always ready to fight for our good cause. We fought together, we were teargassed together during those days in the wilderness.
“This is our promise to you: We will fight the good fight you fought. We will fight for the prosperity of this nation. Four years ago, we lost Bingu, the Founder of our party, but we marched on. Today, we have lost you as our Secretary General, and we promise you, we will carry on with the cause you stood for. And so, my dear friend, rest in comfort. Rest in Peace,” lamented Mutharika.
Mutharika then said he will establish a K5 million Fund, to called Ecklen Kudontoni Fellowship Programme with an aiming of fostering democracy and party governance.
Under this Programme, one bright young person will be selected to work at the DPP Secretariat for one year to do research on democracy and party governance and this will be done every year.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :